Govt fixes wages for leather sector

The government has fixed Tk 7,100 as minimum monthly wages for the workers of the country’s leather goods and footwear sector. The ministry of labour and employment issued a gazette notification in this regard on September 08, nearly a year after the wage board was formed to review the same in September last year.

The government has for the first time incorporated a provision for an annual increment of 5.0 per cent of the basic pay. The last minimum wages for the sector was set at Tk 3,652.50 in 2013. The government has categorized workers and employees of the leather goods and footwear sector in six and four grades respectively.

According to the gazette, the government has fixed 50 per cent of the basic as house rent for factories located in divisional cities and 40 per cent as house rent for mills located at other cities. The basic payment of a grade six worker has been fixed at Tk 3,500 and house rent at Tk 1,750. A medical allowance of Tk 600 for all grades of workers has been fixed while Tk 350 and Tk 900 have been fixed as transport and food allowances respectively.

An apprentice would receive a total of Tk 5,500 as monthly wage. A worker’s apprentice period would be three months and additional three months could be extended if his or her performance is not satisfactory. The minimum monthly wages for a grade one worker has been fixed at Tk 13,520 with Tk 7,780 as basic pay.

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